I had a medical emergency on vacation, with severe unstable angina. I telephoned my doctor and gave him full details of what was happening to me. I told him I would need to see a cardiologist on my return, and could he please talk to the other doctor so he or she would be prepared to see a patient in severe but non life threatening distress. He agreed.
On return, I called the cardiologists office. A visit had been approved, and they could see me in two weeks. According to the receptionist, they had no information about the nature of my illness. I discussed it over the phone with the office manager, and they said they would see me in two days.
I called my primary care physician, and risking a heart attack, I dumped on him for neglecting to discuss my case with the other doctor or that doctor's staff so that they had an appointment for me the day I got back. My doctor told me he had no obligation to talk to the other doctor. I told him I thought he was wrong, and that I was going to drop him as my primary care physician. And I did. Never spoke to him again.
And I had excellent health insurance. That doctor lost my family's future business for health care because he would not make a 5 minute phone call for a patient he had seen regularly for almost 10 years.
Long story short. Next day, a Wednesday, I went to E.R. in the morning. Hours of tests. Transferred to another hospital, an angiogram was done at 7:00 AM the next morning, which confirmed I had almost no circulation to my heart. Since I was not in immediate distress, my bypass surgery was delayed until the next morning. Severe angina that night caused them to move my surgery up from 10:00 AM to 7:00 AM. Staff was surprised I did not die before surgery. They said so.View Thread
Butterfly: That is called goodwill. Your doctor exhibited it, and you did in return.
The Mother in the story did not. With the amount of information available on the internet, it is easier for a patient or patient advocate to do research and make suggestions of unusual possibilities to aid a doctor's diagnosis. There are a few common diagnoses, and over 100,000 less frequent causes of illness that are less easily determined.
The Mother needs to be reminded of, and watch, the movie "Lorenzo's Oil". The story, true, of a severely ill child whose doctors had NO idea of the cause of his affliction. His Mother did her own research and continued trying to find a cure for years for her son. And she eventually succeeded. Great movie. Outstanding performances by the principals, which included Susan Sarandon as the Mother of the boy in the story.
I merely have heart disease. But It took months of my own research a mere 6 years ago to learn and thoroughly understand the complete details of how it works and the role diet and lifestyle choices play in its development, prevention, and recovery. I understand this better than anyone I have met, my doctors included. I lived it to the brink and brought myself back to good health, given the chance through the work of many medical staff who were reimbursed through insurance in this country, or cash payments in another country. Be prepared.
Doctors learn how to treat heart disease when it affects people. They do not have the time to give a complete and detailed explanation to every patient. Most patients are too lazy to change their lifestyle, so it would be a waste of the doctor's time.
Sometimes a thorough, or a cursory, explanation is given in rehabilitation. But it is still up to the patient to implement the changes on a permanent basis, or the disease returns.
Health Care for free devalues the education of those who work in the health care field. You can't get a free car from a dealer, free clothes, food or appliances at stores.
For charity, you go where it is provided. But don't walk into a business and expect charity. Hospitals are primarily a business, run and staffed by very highly trained people who paid a lot of money and hard work to achieve their knowledge and expertise. Even the federal mandate for hospitals to treat all patients who walk in is unfair. Do that enough, and hospitals close, leaving the remaining population with fewer health care choices.
If unprepared, or a person lacks health insurance through their own bad decisions, then they deserve a blanket and a place to lie down. They have that at home.
If you want medical care that is affordable, buy health insurance. You mostly get what you pay for, and should not expect more.View Thread
In a native English speaker, - lack of good work habits - low self-esteem, such that the person does not care how he represents himself or appears to others. - limited capabilities
In a foreign born person: - possibly some of the same things, or not.
My experience is that the more capable foreign born speakers of English will write better than they speak, since there is more time to think and review.
The best educated foreign born persons will have excellent language skills. Their spoken English will match the way they write. As stated previously, with some employees, the language abilities can be weak if the other job skills are excellent.View Thread
People who can't swim stay out of water, since they risk immediate death. The incentive to live provides immediate change in behavior.
People don't like sunburn. So they use sunblock, wear protective clothing, or stay out of the sun.
Provide enough incentive for people to need health insurance, by denying treatment if they can not pay, and they will figure out what they need, and either keep cash, or buy insurance, or live a more prudent life.
No medical freebies will let the issue resolve itself. Have insurance, pay cash, or stay home.
Simple economic principles.
Similar to the old hippie car slogan: a$$, cash, or stash; no one rides for free.
Work off the debt, pay the fee, provide something in exchange, or stay home.
Nothing free in healthcare, except reading about how to stay healthy.View Thread